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Army Holds Flag March in Assam’s Sonitpur After Clashes Over Ram Temple Celebration | Guwahati News


TEZPUR: The Army held a flag march in troubled areas in Sonitpur district on Thursday, which witnessed clashes between two communities after activists from Bajrang Dal organized a bicycle rally to celebrate the dedication ceremony of the Ram temple in Ayodhya, authorities said.
An indefinite curfew has been established in areas under the jurisdictions of the Thelamara and Dhekiajuli police stations in the district, they said.
Additional Sonitpur Police Superintendent Numal Mahata said Army personnel held a flag march at the request of district administration.
“We have already detained two people for questioning. There have been no reports of any adverse incidents since last night. The situation is fully under control,” he said.
Mahata also said that around 10 people on both sides were injured. However, the Bajrang Dal claimed that at least 12 of its activists were injured.
Meanwhile, sources said the additional police chief general (law and order), Gyanendra Pratap Singh, was asked to visit the disturbed areas to assess the situation and is already on the way.
Sonitpur Police Superintendent Mugdhajyoti Dev Mahanta has also been camping at the site since Wednesday night.
Clashes broke out as bicycle activists headed to a temple in Bhora Singori, playing music at full volume and uttering slogans.
A senior official said that locals opposed the music boom and questioned the presence of such a large gathering amid the Covid-19 pandemic, sparking conflict.
Sonitpur District Deputy Commissioner Manvendra Pratap Singh’s vehicle was wrecked when he arrived at the scene shortly after the incident, the official said.
“To control the situation, which turned into a communal standoff, the police first charged and then fired into the air. Additional forces were deployed after setting fire to many bicycles and other vehicles. The activists were not allowed to enter the procession,” Singh said. he said Wednesday.

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